Popeye was the creation of E.C. Segar who introduced the character into his newpaper strip, “Thimble Theatre”, on Jan. 17, in 1929 (yup, this post is a day late). The character quickly gained in popularity and eventually the strip was named after him. Growing up I was never all that fond of Popeye until I eventually discovered Segar’s brilliant cartooning much later in life. Sadly, Segar died in 1938 at the young age of 44. Most of the people who carried on the strip never managed to match Segar’s wit and style, although Bobby London gave the character a good run back in the late ‘80’s.
Image from HERE.